Open Competition 3 (Mono)

Diana Magor
Diana Magor
It was a great please for our Chairman of Mid-Cheshire Camera Club (MCCC) – Ian Whiston to welcome the return of our Judge for the night - Diana Magor EFIA/b, MPSA, CPAGB, LRPS, BPE3*. Diana is the current Competition Secretary of Hoylake Photographic Society. Diana comes from a photographic family and developed the bug at an early age joining Canterbury Camera Club.

She currently uses an Olympus OMD EM1 (micro four thirds format camera) enjoying the light weight set up without compromising any quality.

Diana is currently working towards her star ratings in the British Crown Awards for British Exhibitions.

As this is an Open competition, members are able to submit images from any genre. Genres from tonight’s selection of images included: Portraiture, Journalism, Record, Architectural and Natural History. However, all the images for this entry have to be taken or converted into mono. Diana had a lot of work in front of her with judging 20 prints and 47 Projected Digital images. The standard was extremely high with well thought out compositions coming from beginners and advanced members alike.

Diana provided full and in-depth critique to all images judged. Diana elaborated to the audience about the importance of structure, shape, line and texture ensuring an image has a good range of tones from pure whites and blacks and all grey tones in between. She vocalised her thoughts with the audience in how she reads an image, generally viewing the story from left to right. Diana was particular critical of spacing around an image showing us how parts of an image can lead a viewer’s eye off the image. She provided insight to obtaining the best from an image in post-production, advising how increases in tonal quality to the highlights and shadows can make an image more interesting to the viewer. This year Diana provided a lot of feedback in relation to the sky – and how it should not be grey but be given interest. She provided post production advice as to how we can achieve the best from our skies when they are devoid of colour. Other advice included how colour and tint can affect mono images and how highlights should never be burnt out. Diana was keen to point out to the audience about identifying a focal point in our compositions and ensuring that background distractions are removed or reduced so not to take the viewers interest away from the focal point. Diana ended with sound advice – make sure the interesting bits are the lightest bits!

Following all Diana’s hard work, the results were in:

Advanced Prints
1st: Ray Girling - Dancers
2nd: Ray Girling - Up and Over
3rd: Sheila Regan - Ponte Ruga

Advanced PDIs
1st: Ken Dickenson - Sitting in the Sun
2nd: David Jones - Peter
3rd: Veronica Nicolas - Cigar Smoke

Beginner PDIs
1st: Mike Reilly - Three Shires
2nd: Mike Reilly - Under the Bridge
3rd: Dale Smith - The Arches

Congratulations to all the winners and runners up and a thank you to all the members taking part. A final big thank you to our Judge – Diana Magor who provided sound and honest feedback throughout the whole evening.

For more information about the Mid-Cheshire Camera Club visit our website at or come along to a meeting on Wednesday evening at 7.45 for 8pm at the Dingle Recreation Centre, Winsford.

Paul Wilcock
Press & Publicity Officer